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This topic area is an Open Forum. All ideas for Data.gov’s future are welcomed here.
(@jrice0)

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Define and Develop a Meta Information Repository

The federal government is an information-intensive organization and it is imperative that data within and across the federal government be well managed. A central repository of data about data—also referred to as meta data—can be an effective data-management tool. However, a repository, as proposed here, is not to be confused with a data dictionary that merely gives definitions of data. A repository can be used to manage... more »

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(@jmmdatagov)

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Quarterly Distribution via Bit Torrent

Many developers would like to mine the data at a large scale which may include a majority or all of the available data. It is technically possible to make a web scraper or mirror the site but this would be a long, slow process that would consume a great deal of bandwidth both for the client and for the servers housing the data. What would be an optimal way to pull down all the data would be to distribute it via Bit Torrent.... more »

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(@morton2002)

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penalty for becoming less open

Government institutions may try to briefly surface their data on Data.gov to earn points on the "open data dashboard", only to later take them down. I believe this is disingenuous, and clearly goes against the spirit of the Open Government Directive. The case I'm specifically referring to is the data tracking Broadband Stimulus funding via the BIP/BTOP programs. The data available at the following link has not been... more »

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(@sandraleesmith46)

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Keeping language and instructions/links easy to follow

I suppose this isn't a terribly common problem, but not all of us grew up with this technology, or have been able to afford or access it too long between the place of residence not having acess to the web or the costs of equipment being too high for limited budgets. I can't speak for all, but sometimes the maze can be overwhelmingly confusing, trying to find what it is you're looking for, and then understand what it... more »

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(@tdn900)

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Basic features

Just need a lot of basic features for ease of finding info, such as filter, sort, search, for many data sources, including within/without sites and pages etc...

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(@manuel.massa)

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How do you access the data?

I belive you need to have a page that shows users how to use the site and how to perform searches. I consider myself pretty tech savvy but I could not easily determine what to do to get the data.

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(@elaine.angelino)

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Make it easy to see the data

My colleague and I have made examples of how we would like to see and interact with tabular data online. Check out our initial provisional versions of searchable catalogs of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): BEA: www.entabular.com/bea BJS: www.entabular.com/bjs The sites have a fair amount of data, high-quality metadata, and a pretty good search feature,... more »

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(@tonydaysog)

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Narrow Request of Data.Gov: Timely Local Area Economic Data

More than likely, a number of persons might have raised this issue. But, on the slight chance it hasn't been raised, I'd like to offer this comment about local economic development data. Please issue economic development data in a timely manner. More specifically, please make the US Census' County Business Patterns and ZIP Business Patterns as current as possible. Only recently, the Census posted 2007 CBP and ZBP... more »

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(@dougward)

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Increase the hieght of the search interface

The main search interface (under the "Catalog" tab) is a bit difficult to use, if only because the window containing the select list of categories and agencies is too narrow. My screen only displays two or three rows at a time. This makes it tedious to browse through the options. Easy fix: expand the height of the search interface.

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(@jeanneholm)

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What Do You Think of the New Data.gov?

We're interested in hearing your ideas about the new site for Data.gov and how we can continue to improve. Is it easier to find information? Do you like seeing some of the apps and mashups people are creating? What do you think?

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(@bdrazkow)

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Government Program Efficiency and Effectiveness

Post the program/project budget including internal hosting office overhead, agency overhead, partner overhead, and the percent of actual dollars going to the individuals getting the work done. As federal dollars move from the department, to the agency, to the implementing program office there is often additive overheads. When one federal agency works with another federal agency there is overhead added to every dollar... more »

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